Leendert Van Accoleyen

Artist in Residence at Nieuw en Meer from 01-03-2024 till 31-03-2024.
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Leendert Van Accoleyen (b. 1991, Aalst) reaches for the impossible in
his art, defying gravity with constructions that elevate large and heavy
objects into the air. His work, marked by the tension between human
vulnerability and the grandiosity of his creations, taps into the
strength of nature, akin to the delicate balance observed in a
honeybee’s interaction with flowers.

Leendert Van Accoleyen is an artist whose artistic practice cannot be
separated from his personal life. He creates sculptural installations
using various materials such as reclaimed wood, bricks, and metal, among
others. He lives a nomadic lifestyle, often residing in his car, on a
boat, or in his studio.

Collaboration is a key element of Van Accoleyen’s practice, and he works
closely with the people he cares most about, often relying on their help
and generosity to realize his ideas. His work represents a critical
train of thought that examines common understandings of socio-spatial
realities. Van Accoleyen’s work has been exhibited in galleries and
public spaces in Belgium and beyond, and he has received several awards
and grants for his practice. His work is part of the collection of the
Muhka and many private collections.